Lent: Let Your Hearts be Clean

The sole purpose of the triple spiritual works (fasting, praying, and almsgiving) that we take upon ourselves during the season of Lent is to enable us to come closer to God. The desire to have a life in God calls for a constant self-examination of one’s spiritual life; an examination that takes an honest look at our spiritual life before God. But often we pay undue attention to how others perceive our spiritual life to be and not so much where we stand before God. No wonder Jesus reminded his disciples: [But] take care not to perform righteous deeds in order that people may see them; … When you give alms, do not blow a trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the st

Marriage and being Parents

Marriage and being Parents : A Few Thoughts It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper suitable for him (Gen 1: 18). God, realizing that it is not good for man to be alone created eve and brought her to Adam and he named her woman. God created man and woman to be in a relationship that results in the institution of the family. Did God ask Adam for his preference/likes/dislikes/conditions of a woman to be in a relationship with him? Adam did not place any conditions before God, he accepted the companion God provided him with and they both lived as one flesh. When we fast forward to the institution of marriage in our modern times, how is marriage and marrying partners perceiv